Definition of cosmeceutical in English:


Syllabification: cos·me·ceu·ti·cal
Pronunciation: /ˌkäzməˈso͞odik(ə)l


A cosmetic that has or is claimed to have medicinal properties, especially anti-aging ones.
More example sentences
  • After launching his range of cosmeceuticals recently, he was here again conducting a seminar for beauticians on Sunday.
  • Like cosmetics, cosmeceuticals are applied externally, but work by affecting the skin's biological functions.
  • Also emerging is a new line of skin-care products known as cosmeceuticals - perfect for the medical spas - such as soaps and cleansers not readily available in stores, but offered without a prescription by physicians.


1980s: blend of cosmetic and pharmaceutical.

Definition of cosmeceutical in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day deictic
Pronunciation: ˈdīktik
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...